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Professional Development Opportunities

Research at New College


Two Weeks to Tweak

photo of computer calendar, cup of coffee and plannerThis new initiative is meant to assist junior faculty, or faculty new to grant writing, by helping them to achieve success in the grant-writing process. This program will help to ensure that grant-writers create adequate time for the assembly of a well thought out proposal, and a period for review by experienced faculty colleagues with subsequent time to incorporate any suggestions made by the reviewers that the applicant has found helpful. Further incentive is being offered to encourage participation: $500 in professional development funds, which can be spent for other research activities as necessary to advance grant or related objectives.

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Commit to Submit (C2S)

Commit to Submit (C2S) is a semester-long training for all new faculty with research components to their job description.  Each cohort meets approximately monthly to be introduced to the ASU granting ecosystem, practice developing their one-pagers and elevator pitches, talk with program officers, develop budgets, learn about ASU resources like high-performance computing and equipment clusters, and meet many of the leaders in Knowledge Enterprise at ASU.  Other faculty are welcome to join if they are wanting to brush up on their grant-submission skills.  Commit to Submit is specifically designed to feed into workshops provided by the KE Research Academy, and New College faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in these.


  • Develop their research project ideasEngage in grant seeking
  • Rehearse communicating their research ideas
  • Learn about the research support available to them at ASU and build a network of peers that can support their work as reviewers, advisers, collaborators.

PARTICIPANTS: New tenured/tenure-track faculty commencing at New College every Fall, and invited faculty.
OUTPUTS: At the end of the program, faculty will have:

  • A 1-page summary of a research project idea to use in discussions with program officers and colleagues, or as a basis to begin the grant writing process
  • Budgeting tool
  • Network of New College colleagues that may be future collaborators and peer supporters.

EXPECTATIONS: Following the program, faculty will be encouraged to commit to submitting 1+ grant proposals to a major sponsor (or 2+ proposals to smaller sponsors) within next calendar year.

Commit to Build It (C2B)

Commit to Build it (C2B) is a newer training, much like C2S, but designed specifically to help individual researchers coalesce teams for the creation of initiatives, hubs, centers, and the like.  The focus on C2B is on team-building, communication, management, and strategy behind seeking larger and larger grants.  C2B is also run each Fall and participation is through nomination by School Directors.  Interested faculty are encouraged to speak with their Directors about a nomination.


The Scholarly Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) grant

The Scholarly Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) grant is a seed grant to support research faculty in their efforts to procure larger grants or to kick-off larger projects.  This is an annual award.  The call for proposals typically occurs in late January or early February each year, and the award period runs for the following fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  Applicants are required to participate in two forms of professional development relating to research to be eligible to apply. Recipients are required to file a mid- and final report to be eligible for future funding.  More details are available o the application form, which is made available when the call for proposals goes out.

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